Truman giving a historical speech.

Historic Speeches

I Always made it my business to speak plainly and directly to the people without indulging in high-powered oratory.

Harry S. Truman

The Truman Library’s audio collection includes more than 900 recordings of speeches and remarks of Harry S. Truman, dating from 1934 to 1968.

Highlights

May 8, 1945

Broadcast to the American people announcing the surrender of Germany

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September 1, 1945

Radio Address to the American people following the unconditional surrender of Japan

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November 19, 1945

Special Message to the Congress Recommending a Comprehensive Health Program

March 12, 1947

Special Message to Congress on Greece and Turkey: The Truman Doctrine

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June 29, 1947

Address to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

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July 15, 1948

President Truman’s Acceptance Speech, 1948 Democratic Convention

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January 20, 1949

President Truman’s Inaugural Address

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December 15, 1952

Remarks Dedicating the new shrine at the National Archives for the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights

January 15, 1953

President Truman’s Farewell Address to the American People

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